Did You Know: FRF’s Role in Community Development


by Jim Wilkirson, FRF Executive Director

Most all recognize FRF as the organization behind the fun in Fondren – the Cedars Juried Art Show, Symphony at Sunset and Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend, to name a few. But did you know the scope of FRF’s work is much broader than these crowd-pleasing events?

Many do not know that we secured a $2.5 million Sidewalk Enhancement Grant and continue to work closely with the city in the design and development of these improvements. Or that we were
instrumental in establishing Teen Trendsetters in Mississippi with the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation by working with the JPS system and ultimately involving 11 high schools and 10 elementary schools in a Jackson mentor program to improve reading and comprehension skills for those testing under the national average.

Over the next four weeks to better inform you and allow you to become more involved with FRF, we will spotlight various activities and duties performed by the Foundation, its staff and members. We hope that this information will shed a greater light on the daily efforts performed by FRF for the benefit of Fondren and the surrounding community of Jackson. Our topic for next week’s editorial will be “The Role of FRF with Residential and Commercial Zoning in Fondren.”

The work of FRF is vital to the continued success of our city and surrounding area. We ask that you join our efforts by making a donation to this year’s FRF Annual Fund which will allow us to maintain and broaden our current momentum by investing in the programming, services and events that our organization provides.

We look forward to adding your name to your list of supporters.

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